A historical question:
What was the first film to do a time-exposed single-frame sequence from a
car/driver POV? Koyaanisqatsi popularized the effect in 1983, but when was it
first done? I worked on a student film in 1975 called Nervous on the Road that
featured this technique at mid-point, but surely we weren't the first, were we?
You can check a very compressed file of Nervous out on Vimeo at
When we did this we were going for the slit-scan look of the stargate sequence
from 2001, but that was an animation process and we were doing real-world
cinematography with a wind-up Bolex. It won an award at a film festival in
1997 and was broadcast over four midwest PBS stations in 1980 and not shown
So who originated this effect?
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